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What we are working on

Posted on September 04 2014

We're starting this blog to help keep you up to date with what we're doing - and our thoughts and musings around that!

In this, our first post, we're just going to say a little about what's coming soon in our tarot and "fortune telling" decks.

We are currently working on some reprints - to begin with The Victorian Romantic Tarot in 2021 - and three new decks, one of which is a tarot, while the others are fortune-telling cards:

  • A completely new Bohemian Cats' Tarot.
  • Our own, Victorian-style Bohemian Fortune-telling cards,
  • A re-imagination of antique Bohemian Fortune-telling cards (yet to be named).

The Bohemian Cats

We are getting lots of enquiries about the new Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot (by the way, the name isn't yet final). But please be patient - it will take us at least until late 2022/3 to make.

It isn't a reprint or new version of the original Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot; it's an entirely new deck. We make every costume (loosely based on Baroque clothing) by hand - including designing our own unique embroideries, lace and hats.

The miniature clothing patterns are also, of course, entirely our own. So it's a slow process, but does produce uniquely detailed imagery. Things have been held up by two lockdowns (which we know are necessary) but we are still hopeful of having the work done by 2022 or 2023 - all being well.

If you haven't yet seen the video of our design process (made a few days before lockdown in March!), please do take a look.

A first sample image from our planned Bohemian Cats book. We will also be making a large-format book (for adults who love cats, costumes and more than a touch of surrealism) that will relate to the deck.

The Bohemian Fortune-telling cards - our own deck

We are near to finishing our two decks of "Bohemian Fortune-telling cards". These follow the system, which we were very familiar with during our time in Prague, often called "gypsy cards" and in Czech known usually just as "vykladaci karty", which can be loosely translated as "cards for doing readings". In the companion book for these decks, we will outline the history, how to read with them and, of course, we will explain why we chose not to use the term "gypsy cards".

On the picture here you can see two of the cards that we have already completed and printed (as first samples). You may find that you got a small present of these in an order! The samples have plain backs but the final cards will have our usual cold-stamped - and we hope beautiful - backs.

You can see some of the original Victorian photos that we will (probably) be incorporating in the designs. We base everything on original photos, often changed, added to and even remade in part, so that we end up with the image we feel will work best.

Here are some of the newest cards. We are following the traditional pattern but this in itself did vary so, for example, not every deck will include "gossip" (see above). We've chosen the card meanings that we think will make a well-balanced and very usable deck.

We've also decided to do 36 rather than the more usual 32 cards. It gives a good range of possibilities in a reading and still respects tradition as some of these decks did include 36 cards.

The Bohemian Fortune-telling cards - our re-imagining of an antique deck

We are also close to completing our re-imagining (with cold-stamping we hope!) of an antique deck in this Bohemian style. It's always been one of our favourites of these antique decks and has some wonderful cards. It's been a pleasure to work on cleaning and enhancing the images.

We've decided to call it a "re-imagining" rather than a reproduction because we're adding cold-stamping and this does make it clear that's it's a recently produced deck. We feel it adds beautifully to the original images.


I've heard you are leaving tarot design. that right?

Yes, we plan the new Bohemian Cats' Tarot to be the last new deck of tarot we'll design. As mentioned, it will be published in 2022/3. However, while we are working on it, and while it's available, we will try to do some reprints of our other decks. The Victorian Romantic Tarot reprint is planned for 2021, but no other schedule is agreed as yet. If you'd like to know more about this decision, we have a blog post coming up where Karen and Alex will say more and discuss some planned directions for BabaBarock.

Why did you decide to do the new cards in the "Bohemian" style?
We've worked with these cards since first going to Prague (actually, a reading with a set of these helped to persuade Karen to move to Prague). We decided to make a deck in this style some years ago, but never got very far with it. Recently, however, we decided that it's now or never!

When will pre-orders open? Will there be pre-order offers
Yes, there will be a generous pre-order discount, as usual, for all decks.

We hope to open pre-orders for The Victorian Romantic Tarot reprint, The Bohemian Fortune-telling cards and our as-yet untitled reimagining of the antique cards sometime in 2021. Originally we planned for late 2020, but with lockdowns, issues with print companies and lots of other things happening, we think mid-2021 will be a better time to give our full focus to this.

When will pre-orders open? Will there be pre-order offers
We do hope to reprint some of our other decks - we know there is a lot of demand which we very much appreciate. We'll be scheduling reprints as and when we can.

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